Comment of the Week 10.26.12

This is what we Salties do when we read your awesome comments!

Wait, didn’t I just write a COTW post like 5 minutes ago? No? That was last week? Geesh! Time is flying by. Just 4 more of these before my due date. Insanity! I am actually writing this from the lobby of the hospital. I had an anesthesia consultation, in which the anesthesiologists determined they need to do nothing different because of my heart thing. The weird thing was the appointment was in Labor & Delivery. It gave me crazy flashbacks waiting in the waiting room. Not sure I’ve ever been there other than in the middle of the night in labor.

Am I boring you yet? I’m boring myself, so let’s move on. This week we celebrated the birth of Clove – HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLOVE – and lots of great Salty races. Our own Ginger and Salty reader Diane H. both ran gigantic half marathon PRs last weekend and deserve an extra shout-out! Congrats, girls! Good luck to anyone racing this weekend!

And now for the goods. Who’s this week’s biiiiiiiiig winner?

It’s Kathy!  Kathy posted this little gem on Mace’s Lone Racer post:

I always race alone. To be honest, I get a bit jealous of my friends with the whole pit crews with support along the route, but enjoy my races either way. I shanghai runners during races to be my new friends. Watch out, Lady in Green! You’ve just been abducted! So long as I see that a racer doesn’t have headphones, I start talking to them. Of course, I also use this same policy on long runs. I just remind myself that I will probably never see these people again, and even if I do, they won’t recognize me without the sweat.

We love this comment because racing alone is ballsy and awesome and we also think more of us should make like Kathy and use races as an opportunity to make friends. In fact, I feel another Salty Challenge coming on: everyone talk to someone new at your next race! Lady in Green, prepare yourself for the onslaught of new friends!

When we told Kathy of her amazing turn of fortune this is what she had to say:

I feel honored!

I’m 29, married, working as a criminal defense attorney in Des Moines, IA. This is my fifth home state. No kids (nor do we plan on it, much to my mom’s displeasure), but two awesome cats who also enjoy running (mostly hurdles over the couch with me on it).

I started running in college because I was bored.  I moved away from my family and friends and there were only so many hours to study.  I had never been able to run a mile straight so I set learning to run as a goal.  I started running at 4.0 mph on the treadmill.  I was a speed demon!  Eventually I started running more but couldn’t surpass 6 mph without collapsing.  That’s when I figured out I had exercise induced asthma.  Using an inhaler has led to speedier times. 

In the last couple of years I had a bit of a running renaissance. I’ve run a few marathons and half marathons.  I use running to make new friends every time I move states.  And yes, I really do meet people by eying them on the path ahead of me and running up to them to talk.  If your headphones aren’t on, you are my new friend.  I now run with a running club in town and have my own personal party in the mornings with a couple of buddies. 

This last year, I decided to qualify for Boston so I hired a coach. I just qualified at Twin Cities a few weeks ago: 3:33!   Even better, the most awesome sister-in-law in the world was waiting at the finish line to help me register with credit card, so now I’m aiming for a 3:23 at Boston 2013.  Eep! That sounds scary to say!  I’m also aiming to drop my 1/2 down to a 1:32 from a 1:38. Indy Mini-Marathon anyone?

So if there are any Salties out there looking for a run in Des Moines, please feel free to join me!  

Congrats on the BQ! Best of luck training for Boston! And keep on making those friends on the trails. THANKS, Kathy!!!

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. Congrats on qualifying!!! I could relate to your post in that I had ran 2 if not 3 halves before I realized that not EVERYONE’S lungs felt like they were going to explode… I failed the asthma testing in about 10 seconds and it has been amaaaaaazing what an inhaler has done!! I hope you beat 3:23 by a mile in Boston!! Good luck!!!!